Schroen ready for Cannons battle

Hume City midfielder Marcus Schroen loves scoring a goal and he has enjoyed plenty of joy in the FFA Cup so far.

The Melbourne City youth graduate has netted three times in Hume City's run to the quarter-finals, where the Oakleigh Cannons await at ABD Stadium on Tuesday night.

Included in the three was a brace in an incredible 4-3 extra-time win for Hume against Brisbane Strikers in July.

Schroen also scored six goals in the NPL Victoria - fine numbers for a midfielder.

"It's something I try and do," the 22-year-old told FourFourTwo.

"As a midfielder, I'm generally more of an attacking midfielder who likes to get into the final third and the box.

"I've always liked to try and get on the scoresheet, it doesn't always happen but I've scored a few goals in the past which is good."

The end of the league season means City and the Cannons are lacking competitive match action heading into the last-eight clash.

Early September was the last time they were both in action – aside from friendlies – but Schroen said it was a positive.

"We've had a little bit more game time than Oakleigh due to going a bit further in the league," he said.

"If anything, we're going to have a little bit more game time under our belt.

"Now that we've had a little bit of a break it's probably been good for the boys to be honest, just to freshen up and be able to work on those things to take them into Oakleigh."

Schroen came into the season on the back of a second knee reconstruction, but his performances have been enough to get back into the spotlight.

He said a professional deal was what he wanted.

"The biggest one [goal] is just to earn a professional contract, whether that be the A-League or somewhere else, I'm open to it," Schroen said.

"I just want to be in a full-time, professional football environment where I can really make that step to the next level."

As for his exit from City, Schroen said both he and the club had to move on.

"We did talk with JD [John Didulica, football operations manager] and JvS [John van 't Schip, coach]. At the time, they thought it was best for me to move on and there wasn't an opportunity at the time there for different reasons," he said.

"I hold nothing against them. Every club's got to make their own decisions for their own best interests and it just didn't work at the time."

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